|Summer Beauty Tip #87 - Lighten up on the lipstick|
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As the youngest of three, my daughter Sophie has a few advantages.
Her father and I, who have been at this parenting thing for over twenty-two years, are tired. Worn down from enforcing rules and shouldering high expectations, we've relaxed. We're less uptight about details, less inclined to over-program or hover like we did when we were new to this adventure.
In other words, well, in the words of Sophie's two older siblings, we've given up. Sophie, in their opinion, gets away with murder.
It's not exactly murder. But a couple of years ago, when she denuded half her eyebrow with a pair of toenail clippers and then tried to glue the eyebrow back with SuperGlu, neither I nor her father shouted or made a scene. The truth is - we were laughing too hard.
But it's not all benign neglect. No. When Sophie asked to start shaving her legs, I treated the subject with seriousness. This was a big step. I remembered the eyebrow incident and my own early experiences with shaving my legs.
We recently talked about it.
Sophie: Mom, do you remember when I wanted to shave my legs and you didn't want to let me because you thought once I started, I wouldn't want to stick with it?
Me: I do. I was worried it would turn out like needlepoint. Or basketball. You know how that went.
Sophie: I quit those things.
Sophie: Kind of like you writing your novel.
Me: Yes. Thank you for reminding me.
Sophie: Do you remember how you grossed me out by telling me about what not to shave?
Me: I grossed you out?
Sophie: How could you forget?
Me: I can't believe I talked to you about that.
Sophie: Mom! Not that. You told me not to shave my toes or my belly button.
Me: Oh. Right. I'm glad I told you those things. It will save you aggravation in the future.
Sophie: Why did you shave your toes in the first place? Were your feet that hairy?
Me: Like a Hobbit. Or so I thought when I was twelve.
Sophie: That's really weird.
Me: I didn't like wearing sandals with hairy toes.
Sophie: So what about your belly button? You shaved that?
Me: Well, you know how I liked to make my aunt laugh by making my belly button talk?
Sophie: Yes. You told us about that.
Me: I didn't want my talking belly button to be all fuzzy.
Sophie: That's even stranger than the toes.
Me: Which part? The shaved belly button or the talking belly button?
When Sophie decided that she was ready to shave and keep it up so that she wouldn't be a stubbly monster, we got her her own razor. I was using a Venus razor and she picked out the Venus Embrace because it has a Ribbon of Moisture that helps the razor glide over the skin to help minimize the chance for nicks.
Sophie also likes the Soft Grip handle because it has great grip when she shaves in the shower. I like the replacement heads because they're easy to get off and on.
We were all set. I demonstrated on my leg, showing her how to be especially careful on her knees and around her ankles. I reminded her that the shinbone can be a tricky spot as well.
If you have a someone in your house who might be ready to shave soon, here's a link you might find helpful.
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